Let me immediately say that every essay in The Din in the Head is worth reading. If anything, you wish that the pieces were longer, that theyâd been allowed, within the protection of book covers, to expand from their magazine origins." - Anna Shapiro, The New York Observer"What unites all these subjects, and gives The Din in the Head a polemical coherence, is Ms. Ozick's passionately moral defense of literary experience. The novel's exploration of interiority, for her, is an emblem of all the other values founded on the sanctity of the self, including political freedom." - Adam Kirsch, The New York Sun"Ozick, a champion of the elevated and an apologist for the complicated, has every right to discourse from on high, but sometimes she addresses the angels exclusively.
Only the long piece on Azar Nafisi's Reading Lolita in Tehran - - too much of which is simply a retelling of Nafisi's book - - is really something of a letdown.). Indeed, of most of the material the only thing one wishes for is: more. Return to top of the page - . The Din in the Head. Other books by Cynthia Ozick under review.
The Din in the Head: Essays Cynthia Ozick, Author, illus
Cynthia Ozick has long held her reputation as one of the most acclaimed critics working in America. Her essays are, without fail, uncompromisingly optimistic about what literature can do, what literature has done, and the hopes of literature for the future. Unlike other academics or critics, Ozick does not bemoan the novel's current lack of favor when compared to movies or the internet - her approach is positive, reasoned, passionate and compelling. The essays contained in , while not explicitly thematically linked, share a common bond in exploring either less well-known but still luminous authors of the twentieth century, or the minor works of acknowledged and remembered masters.
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Ozick shows a clear preference for literature above all other forms of entertainment and communication. “The din in our heads, that relentless inward hum of fragility and hope and transcendence and dread - where, in an age of machine addressing crowds, and crowds mad for machines, can it be found? In the art of the novel...And nowhere else.” And she's right. Literature speaks to the interiority of ourselves, that endless, limitless space in which we define who we are, what we are about, why we are here and what it is that we hold closest to ourselves. Literature, more than any other medium, directly address this interior, it furnishes it with rooms and chairs, carpets and chandeliers, mountains, lakes, rivers and cities. It makes of the blankness of our births a glorious empire, but an empire that we create. Literature is our friend and our confidante, it is our enemy and our attackers. It challenges, harmonizes, repudiates and chastises. It is capable of all this and more - endless reams of purple prose, all for the sake of novels and reading. Ozick may be preaching to the converted with her book of essays, but the enjoyment, exuberance and passion she receives from reading is so beautifully conveyed that I cannot help but suggest it to people who are non-readers, as a way of allowing them into the realm of the written word. Ozick kindles - or rekindles - the love of literature until it is a raging fire alongside which we could warm ourselves forever.
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The Din in the Head. The Din in the Headby. Cynthia Ozick general information review summaries our review links about the author. These pieces were previously published in various magazines. Return to top of the page - Our Assessment: A- : a mixed bag, but always lively, sharp writing.